East Coast Snowstorm
December 24, 2009
Photographer: Lisa Gonnelli
Summary Author: Lisa Gonnelli; Jim Foster
The photo above showing a Christmas card snow scene was taken in Laurel Hills, New Jersey during the record breaking east coast snow storm of December 18-20, 2009. Over 2 ft. (0.6 m) of snow accumulated in some areas of the Middle Atlantic States, including this area of central New Jersey; though, 16 to 22 in (40 to 55 cm) was a more common tally. North Carolina, New York and New England were hit hard by this potent nor'easter too; however, snowfall totals weren't quite as impressive. In cities such as Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Maryland and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania this was the greatest December snowfall ever recorded. In fact, it was Washington's seventh biggest snowstorm in the last 110 years -- 16.6 in. (40 cm) was measured at the official measuring site at Reagan National Airport. White pinesPinus strobus) and Scotch pines (Pinus sylvestris), dressed in winter white, decorate the recently plowed, rural roadway. Photo taken in mid afternoon on December 19, just before the heaviest snow bands arrived.
Laurel Hills, Pilesgrove, New Jersey coordinates: N39.650833, W75.316111
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